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    commanteer

    How long before the Chinese claim it?

    Posted in: Japan gets bigger as new coastline emerges

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    commanteer

    Right on, Alex80. Seems people can be very close-minded, even here. So what if Japanese don't customarily hug?

    Right in line with another thread here about public displays of affection, we could surmise that John Kerry was placed in a separate bedroom when he was only a few months old, thus causing his need for skinship even during business meetings.

    Vive le difference. There is no wrong or right.

    Posted in: Give us a hug

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    commanteer

    Those who haven’t bought one yet will likely face a wait.

    Only if you are silly enough to want one.

    Posted in: Got your Apple Watch? Here's how to use it

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    While owning your own business allows you to soar as high as the free market allows, it also means there’s no safety net to catch you if you fall

    Wow. And the safety net for a salaryman is....?

    Still too many women (and even men) in Japan with illusions about job security. They press their husband to work like a dog at a boring job for a modest salary and little future - and they really still believe that he will be employed for life.

    At least an entrepreneur will have the skills to start making money again, whatever life throws at him. Suddenly unemployed salarymen are rarely prepared that way.

    Posted in: Survey asks Japanese women what professions they don’t want to date

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    commanteer

    its scientifically proven that skinship especially on your children (hugging/kissing) helps them develop into more affectionate adults. no matter what cultural bs excuses you come up with.

    With all respect, the question was about adults hugging in public, not parents hugging their children. There is plenty of skinship in the typical family, possibly more than in the typical Western family. Japanese families bathe together - hard to get more skinshippy than that. Japanese families often sleep together, while Americans kids are exiled to their own room at 6 months or so.

    Maybe all the hugging in Western nations is a way of making up for the lack of skinship in their childhoods? Or am I being culturally insensitive?

    Posted in: Why do Japanese people seldom hug friends or family in public?

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    commanteer

    There is no "why" to social customs. They just are.

    In any case, I see a lot more hugging than I used to in Japan. Yet I appreciate the distinction most Japanese make between public and private, something many Americans could learn more about.

    Posted in: Why do Japanese people seldom hug friends or family in public?

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    At first I thought it was amusing. But then I remembered, as the people become more and more disillusioned with the established parties, they will find extremists and complete outsiders more attractive. Even I feel that way - anybody who can shake things up is good. Yet, history shows that leaders who shake things up are usually demagogues, and don't turn out well.

    Posted in: Naked nationalist stirs up election campaign

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    It's absurd to say that it's possible to truly "understand" any nation with over 100 million people. What the heck does that mean? The claim that one can "understand" Japan comes from 2 sources:

    1-Japanese themselves who like to perpetuate the myth that they all uniquely understand each other in a way that is impenetrable to foreigners.

    2-Foreigners who fetishize Asian cultures and happily buy into the impenetrable (dare I say inscrutable?) myth.

    Posted in: 8 places you need to visit to really understand Japan

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    commanteer

    The title is a bit over the top. You don't need to visit most of these places to understand Japan, nor will visiting them magically make you understand Japan. I would guess that most Japanese haven't been to all the places on this list. But then, many Japanese don't understand Japan either - like the rest of us, they just know what they personally experience.

    Aside from the link-bait title, it's a pretty much standard list of the usual tourist stops. I think a better idea is to just visit places that seem interesting, or (even better) where you have local connections who can show you around. Little known places are often more interesting than places that regularly handle large influxes of tourists.

    Posted in: 8 places you need to visit to really understand Japan

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    commanteer

    Apple is yet again revolutionizing the industry

    That's really stretching the meaning of "revolution." By that definition, I revolutionize fashion every I time I change my socks.

    Posted in: An Apple a day

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    commanteer

    I hate drones. I was at the river kissing my girlfriend and over me was tat freaking drone.

    I hope it didn't belong to your wife!

    Posted in: Drone may have been on roof of PM's office for days

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    commanteer

    Plenty of wonderful ramen places without the long lines. I never could see the point of queuing up for this sort of thing.

    Posted in: Must be good ramen

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    commanteer

    It makes me think this: If the candidates can't come up with new and more effective ways of campaigning than this, then they certainly can't come up with new solutions to government. Campaign the way it has always been done, and then they govern the way it has always been done.

    Posted in: What do you think about the way many politicians campaign in Japan, driving along streets, with their name being repeated over and over again by loudpseaker?

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    commanteer

    And this sort of stuff will get worse now that the government has upped the budget to "educate" people around the world about Japan. The government is hopeless when it comes to PR. Rather than helping, they will end up making Japan's reputation much worse than it was among even more people. Thanks a lot - what a great use of tax money.

    Posted in: Diplomatic pressure on foreign reporters raises media hackles

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    @gokaiwomaneku

    Great answer, and I say that as an American. Though I don't think it's so much an obsession with sex, as the American believe that everything (I mean everything) has to be front and center. Personally, I find it insulting when someone is referred to as a "lesbian guitarist" or "gay author." As though their sexuality is more important than the art they create.

    Posted in: Lesbian couple hold symbolic wedding ceremony in Tokyo

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    commanteer

    At least this is one area in which Japan is resource rich. Plenty of water here. Not always managed very well, but more than enough if managed properly.

    Posted in: Can't pay? Won't pay -- putting a price on water

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    commanteer

    We all know how important rice exports are to the US economy, now that manufacturing has moved to China. Please, Japan, allow the poor Americans to export rice. There are still a few drops of water in California for another year or two of rice harvesting. If you can't buy rice, at least send food packages - preferably with fat and sugar substitutes, please.

    Australia and the US both have enough water to pump out water intensive rice for another few years before we exhaust our water resources.

    Posted in: Japan stands tough against rice imports in trade talks with U.S.

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    Hollywood doesn't even portray the USA accurately most of the time. How could anyone expect it to get a foreign country right?

    It's not just Japan. Most movies just reinforce the stereotypes Americans have of a country - they're not interesting in educating the viewer. And really, why should they? They are making fiction. Presenting a different country than the viewers expect would be too distracting from the story. So expect more of the Chinese gong and erhu music in the background of scenes set in Tokyo and actually filmed in Vancouver.

    Posted in: What do you think of the way that Hollywood historically has portrayed Japan? Do you think it is getting more realistic?

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    commanteer

    The poster above who are citing the dangers of coal are right - so I don't know why they are being voted down. Coal kills many times more people than nuclear power. Deaths from coal are certain and inescapable. Deaths from nuclear power generally only occur when something goes very wrong.

    That said, when something goes wrong on a nuclear scale, it goes very, very wrong. And the problem is still there, with large and uninhabitable areas, generations and even centuries after the fact.

    Coal stops killing people as soon as the coal plants are shut down. Nuclear accidents continue to present danger for several lifetimes after the plants themselves are shut down.

    It is really not worth the risk. I can accept some nuclear plants operating if there was a real commitment to both safety and finding alternative power sources. However, the government, power companies and "watchdogs" clearly have learned nothing from Fukushima, and we would be crazy to trust them with the safety of reopened plants.

    Posted in: Japan nuclear watchdog hits out at reactor injunction

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    I just don't know why they can't offer a burger with fresh lettuce, tomato and onion. That would be a start.

    The other problem is the pricing. For a little over the price of a quarter pounder set, I could get a properly made lunch with fresh ingredients served by a waitress at any number of restaurants. McDonald's, with their buying power, has no excuse for not being able to beat the prices of small locally owned restaurants.

    Even the morning combi 200 yen sets make no sense. A hot sandwich and coffee for 200 yen is great, but sometimes I'd like a different sandwich with my coffee. That little step up means I pay 460 yen and get some hash brown potatoes I don't need or want. Who is going to pay 2 and a half times for an incremental improvement in their meal? It's like the people who determine prices are completely incompetent.

    I agree that their special items, even if it's faux Indian tandoori or Southeast Asian spice, all taste like everything else on their menu. I don't know how they manage that one.

    Posted in: McDonald's Japan forecasts Y38 billion net loss for 2015

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